10 Tips to Helping Couples Survive a Home Renovation Project

Home renovation is one of the most stressful jobs a couple can undertake, despite how easy it appears on television. The project can reveal or even trigger severe relationship troubles over time.

Before starting a significant home remodeling project, many things need to be taken into account, such as the budget, a reasonable timeline, competing design aesthetics, your ability to do the work yourself vs. hiring professionals, the mess and dust in your home, packing away items for months, planning for water and electric shutoffs, protecting children and pets, and the disruption to your family’s routine. The effect that home improvements can have on a couple’s relationship is the one issue that most people overlook, even though it has the greatest potential for harm.

Will a home renovation project leave your marriage in need of repair? Read the following tips before you start — and review them often as you proceed!